Evangelion 2.0 is a sequel to the first Evangelion movie, 1.0 You are (not) alone, a movie that I watch and reviewed (technically I saw 1.11, but whatever). I found the first movie to be a shot to shot remake with a new coat of paint. It was decent enough, but nothing memorable, and felt like a cash grab. I was somewhat dreading this might be the same and was thankfully wrong. This movie is a nice balance of old and new and surprisingly ended up being an enjoyable movie that left me smiling and excited for the sequel.
The movie does take place after the first movie with two new Eva pilot joining the movie. One is a familiar face to the franchise, Asuka, a loudmouth german girl, and another mysterious new Eva pilot girl that enjoys fighting. The movie continues to explore Shinji character and him fighting the angels, but focus more on not just Shinji, but his relationship with Rin. The movie improved one major aspect that I never thought the original anime did that well, and that is balancing the tone of the lighter and darker scenes. The lighter moments in the movie were genuinely fun and does a great job of having the characters bond and change. The moment of weakness and uncertainty the characters face was handled well, without bashing them on the audience head too much. This nice contrast helps the wonderfully animated climax since it does a great job of making us care for the characters. It was one of the only time in the entire Evangelion franchise that I found myself rooting for Shinji, as it actually manages to make me want to support the character endeavors. Granted, they did not go as deep into Shinji depression compare to the original anime. That not to say they did not tackle his inner turmoil and how he is mentally unstable. It just that I do remember some great scene from the original that were great in their simplicity of showing how much low-self-esteem Shinji has. Still, the scenes handling his inner struggle are great and even better seeing him overcome them. They also made Rei more likable in my opinion, as they show her character development and getting along with Shinji more organically compare to the original. They also did a decent job with Asuka character, as she is still the same loudmouth overconfidence woman, with some personal issues. Granted as a fan of Asuka, I was a bit disappointed they did not do more things with her, but I understand that it’s a movie that cannot focus too heavily on the side characters. As for the mysterious new Eva pilot, she was a nice contrast to the other Eva pilots. She is an Eva pilot that not only loves fighting in the Eva but comes with no personal baggage and goes all out, which makes for some intense fight scenes with her. Granted her backstory or involvement left lots of question, but I guess they might explore her more in the sequel. As always, Misato is the best woman, as they also go a bit more with her character and manage to be a compelling commander. She is great when acting as a guardian for Shinji and Asuka, while a compelling commander when against the angels. Overall, they did a great job handling the characters and having a nice contrast in the lighter and darker moments. These really help me be more invested in their fights against the angels.
Going more into the new things added, I do like how they manage to do more world-building that was not there in the original. All while having this scene help developed the characters and them getting along instead of trying to copy what the original anime did. That what a good adaptation does, changing things to make it work in the format it is in, while still trying to incorporate the important aspect of the original. Lots of the changes in the plot from the original was welcome, especially one plot point in particular. That being said, as much as I like the changes and new things, there a few scenes that were not executed as well as they could have. For example, there is a rather intense scene that got somewhat deflated with a few dialogues saying that the person is still alive instead of keeping us in suspense whether the person will live. As much as I love the climax, they did drop a huge exposition dump, that could have been done a bit better. That being said, most of these can be considered somewhat nitpick, as they did not ruin the movie or anything, but did take me out of the movie a bit. Overall, it manages to be a good balance of old and new.
The animation for this movie was amazing. As I said in the first movie, the animation was wasted because it was just copying the original, that was a lot slower and had more weight to it, while the animation in the movie is faster. In here, lots of the fight scenes are not just copies of the original, but are either entirely different, or similar but has lots of changes that add to the fight scene and make it more of a spectacle. I love how they used the environment in this movie to help the Evas in their fights. Also love that apparently some of the ideas they had in the original anime that they never used, actually appear in this movie. I love those types of things and it does add to the visual spectacle and intensity of the fight when you genuinely don’t know what is going to happen. All the monsters fight manages to be unique, intense, creative and not just recycling from the original anime but innovating. It was an awesome mecha movie to watch. Also, a huge shout out to the soundtrack, which actually made me nostalgic of the original anime score.
The movie manages to be really entertaining. I was never the biggest fan of the Evangelion franchise, but this movie won me over and I cannot wait to see what the sequel holds. It's a great mecha movie and I give it a B+.
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT